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Blanket company coming

A blanket company is bringing up to 50 jobs to Vandalia.

Mayor Rick Gottman announced during Monday’s city council meeting that Kanata Blanket, which has ties to Poly-Pak & Ship in Vandalia, is coming to town.
In a press release, Gottman and Director of Economic Development Amber Daulbaugh said that Kanata has purchased the former Land O’ Lakes/Purina Property.
Kanata, which is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, touts itself as “the leading blanket promotional products in North America.”
Founded in 1993, Kanata “has developed beautiful, high-quality and long-lasting blankets, tapestries and outdoor items perfect to highlight a brands identity.
“With our original focus of developing Kanata’s Heritage Collection, and a beautiful selection of high-quality wool blankets, we continue to change and improve to fit our customers’ needs,” the company releases states.
“Kanata combines the most high-tech fabrics and up-to-date styles to complement the comforts of home,” Kanata states in its press release.
In the city’s press release, Gottman and Daulbaugh said that the city began conversations with Poly-Pak and Ship owner Fred Flegel about bringing Kanata to Vandalia in early March.
They said that Flegel was interested in locating Kanata here “because of his familiarity with the area, our workforce and the New Market Tax Credit incentives.”
Gottman, Daulbaugh and Alderman Dorothy Crawford, chairman of the city council’s railroad, economic development and tourism committee met with representatives of Poly-Pak & Ship and Kanata Blanket “to finalize the partnership.”
“This is going to be a great partnership between Kanata and the city of Vandalia,” Gottman said.
“For them to realize the potential of our workforce and look to locate a second business in our community is a true testament to our residents of Vandalia and the surrounding area,” he said.
Daulbaugh said, “Our initial discussion included the potential of up to 50 jobs realized by the end of 2021, which is a great investment in Vandalia.
“This is a much-needed addition to Vandalia, and we can only hope they exceed their own expectations and grow even larger,” Daulbaugh said.

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